Moyes gets West Ham job
West Ham fired manager Slaven Bilic yesterday following the team's slide into the English Premier League relegation zone and was set to hand David Moyes an opportunity to rebuild his coaching reputation as the successor.
Bilic was under pressure for weeks and acknowledged it was a "very logical move" to remove him after West Ham's latest big loss, 4-1 at home to Liverpool on Saturday.
"Disappointed, but not in the club. I expected it," Bilic said outside the West Ham training ground after meeting with members of the club's board.
The West Ham co-chairmen said they wanted a new manager to "inject fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm" into the team. They seem to have settled on Moyes, who has been out of work since May when he quit Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League.
TOO BIG A JOB
A success at Everton from 2002-13, Moyes lasted only 10 months as Alex Ferguson's hand-picked replacement at Manchester United before getting fired, the job proving far too big for him.
He was fired by Spanish team Real Socieded after a year in charge before a chastening 10-month spell at Sunderland, which he failed to keep in England's lucrative top division.
Moyes was 1-20 with British bookmakers to fill the vacancy at West Ham, with British media reporting he will be hired today.
"I've always said I want to go back into club management," Moyes said in an interview with TV channel Bein Sports on Sunday, when speculation was rife about Bilic's imminent departure. "If the right opportunity comes around, I'll be interested."
West Ham have won only two of their 11 matches in the Premier League and are in third-to-last place heading into the two-week international break.
Bilic is the fourth manager to lose his job in the Premier League after Frank De Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester), and Ronald Koeman (Everton).